The Boston Bruins placed forward Brad Marchand on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list prior to their 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, which he missed.
Per the NHL’s press release, the reason a player is listed as “unavailable” due to COVID protocols includes: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons.
Marchand leads the Bruins with 22 assists and 34 points in 29 games this season. He has also posted a +9 rating.
The Bruins had two games postponed last week after four players were placed on COVID-19 protocol.
The Bruins, who are currently three points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the final Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the East Division with three games in hand, host the New Jersey Devils on Sunday (5:30 PM ET, NBCSN).
By Harrison Brown